Contemplative Writers, Wandering Beyond the Known (19121)

Four Mondays: September  9, 16, 23, 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Price: 
$120.00 (10% off for members)
Contemplative writing and mindful meditation require techniques that tap into deep and vast dimensions of human existence. Who are some writers who have explored these dimensions, such that their work necessarily unfolds from these contemplative wellsprings of life? This class will explore the powerful combination of meditation and writing in the works of two Western Zen Buddhist writers: Maura O’Halloran and Robert M. Pirsig. These artists have explored the contemplative mind and heart in order to reshape the schemata of values in their daily lives. Their memoirs combine great storytelling with probing investigations into the purpose of existence. In addition to analyzing the readings, this course will introduce participants to basic meditative techniques and writing techniques as practiced by these writers.
 
Classes One and Two: Maura O’Halloran, Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind: The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint. A with-it, twenty-four year old Irish girl decides that she needs to understand the nature of her mind. Her spiritual quest leads her to a male Japanese Zen monastery. She accomplishes much in her spiritual journey as she comes to embody the essence of this particular spiritual path and is recognized by Zen masters for her spiritual accomplishment.
 
Classes Three and Four: Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values. This work captures the personal and philosophical odyssey of a father in his relationship with his son as they travel cross country. The writer addresses questions of how to live fully and completely. His modern spiritual vehicle of choice is not a Siddhartha’s ferry but a motorcycle. Four Mondays: September  9, 16, 23, 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
 

Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind: The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint (Paperback) By Maura O'Halloran

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values (Paperback) By Robert M. Pirsig

Jerry Webster, Ph. D., (Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland) has taught numerous courses in literature for the U. of MD. and in multiculturalism for Montgomery County Public Schools (MD). He has taught English full-time in public school systems for forty years. He serves as the Shastri, or head teacher, with the Shambhala Buddhist Center in Washington, D.C.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060839871
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 2nd, 2005

Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind: The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint Cover Image
By Maura O'Halloran, Ruth O'Halloran (Introduction by), Beth O'Halloran (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780861712830
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Published: Wisdom Publications - April 17th, 2007